Tiny Pots of Iris Reticulata

new iris shoots showing first splash of blue

I have some vintage tiny tom terracotta pots that I planted with individual Iris reticulata in the autumn. They have been growing strongly for weeks and just this morning I spotted the first splash of colour . The 50p will give you an idea of just how tiny these pots are. I bought them many years ago from someone who had cleared out surplus terracotta pots from Windsor Castle’s nursery – so royal pots no less!

3 Responses to Tiny Pots of Iris Reticulata

  1. These look really lovely planted up in individual pots. I have some very similar ones so will follow your idea. When did you plant them and will they need repotting into larger pots, or the border and if so, when?

  2. Stephanie Donaldson

    Hi Alison
    I planted them in September in a gritty soil-based compost. Whether they reflower really depends on where you live – they need to be baked during the summer when they are dormant or they will just rot. So if you have a hot sunny spot where they can spend the summer, or a conservatory or greenhouse, they should reflower. They will need liquid feeding while the leaves are in active growth to build up food supplies for the following year. On the other hand, the bulbs are so cheap that you may do better planting them out in the garden in your sunniest spot and planting some fresh bulbs in the autumn. If you do plant them out, plant them quite deep (3 times the depth of the bulb). Good luck.
    Stephanie

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    Thank you so much for detailed reply and I will most certainly be following your advice, one way or another. Obviously don’t want to wish a new gardening year away too quickly, but will look forward to planting some of these in September.
    Alison

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